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Heel Spurs

Image-for-Heel-Spurs-ArticleA heel spur is a calcium deposit on underside of the heel bone. On an X-ray, a heel spur protrusion can extend forward by as much as a half-inch. Without visible X-ray evidence, the condition is sometimes known as "heel spur syndrome."  Although heel spurs are often painless, they can cause heel pain. They are frequently associated with plantar fasciitis, a painful inflammation of the fibrous band of connective tissue (plantar fascia) that runs along the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the ball of the foot.   More...

Hammertoe

hammertoesHammertoe is a contracture (bending) of one or both joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth (little) toes. This abnormal bending can put pressure on the toe when wearing shoes, causing problems to develop.

Hammertoes usually start out as mild deformities and get progressively worse over time. In the earlier stages, hammertoes are flexible and the symptoms can often be managed with noninvasive measures. But if left untreated, hammertoes can become more rigid and will not respond to non-surgical treatment. More...

 

Athlete’s foot

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Athlete’s foot (also known as ringworm of the foot and tinea pedis) is a fungal infection of the skin that causes scaling, flaking, and itch of affected areas, is caused by fungi in the genus Trichophyton. While it is typically transmitted in moist communal areas where people walk barefoot, such as showers or bathhouses, the disease requires a warm moist environment, such as the inside of a shoe, in order to incubate. Because of this the fungus only affects approximately 0.75% of habitually (always) barefoot people.  More.....

Bunions

bunion-pic1Bunions are specifically caused by the long-term use of shoes, particularly tight-fitting shoes with pointed toes.Bunions occur when pressure is applied to the side of the big toe  forcing it inwards towards, and sometimes under or over, the other toes . As pressure is applied, the tissues surrounding the joint may become swollen and tender. Because bunions are, in all cases, caused by footwear they are completely unknown in cultures that do not wear shoes. More.....